Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy Note 5: Should You Upgrade?


Tech lovers tend to compare gadgets and flagship devices to understand the upgrades, share the key improvements and make the next purchase decision. In this post, we are going to help you in understanding the latest upgrade by Samsung in its Note series. The company has recently launched Galaxy Note 7; an extension of its Note series. The previous gadget in the series was Note 5 but this year’s flagship has been named as Note 7 (not Note 6). The purpose behind is to make it easier for users to memorize flagship devices released in 2016 – i.e. Galaxy S7, S7 edge and Note 7.

Though there are very positive reviews of the new device and a number of experts have already declared Galaxy Note 7 as the best smartphone ever, still we would love to explore the improvement and differences.  In the following, we will briefly touch the visible upgrades in the Note 7 and what makes it better than the previous version.

Specifications at Glance

Galaxy Note 7 vs Galaxy Note 5


If we compare the sizes, both phablets are quite similar, only millimeters apart in absolute dimensions and made of the same metal-and-glass construction. The new model is only 1mm longer than its predecessor, while the Note 5 is 2mm wider than Note 7. The new device is slightly thicker but lighter in weight as compared to Note 5.


If we compare the screen, both devices are identical on paper since the size is same. However, Note 7 comes with brighter 800-nits display that offers Mobile HDR experience. Both devices have same screen resolution (QHD 2560×1440 at 518ppi ) but the newer version has the  Super AMOLED display that offers punchy colours, strong contrast and HDR. Owing to its screen quality and experience, the device has been declared as the best smartphone ever. The curved front and back, like the S7, make Note 7 visually impressive and comfortable to hold.


Android Versions:

The latest flagship has come with android 6.0.1 Marshmallow while the Note 5 came up with Lollipop (upgradable to Marshmallow). What makes the newer device more user-friendly is inclusion of newer version of Samsung TouchWiz interface. As a result, device settings, interface, and control, all have become cleaner.


Samsung has upgraded the processor and RAM of the flagship. Note 5 had Samsung Exynos 7420 processor with 3GB or RAM whereas Note 7 has Samsung Exynos 8890 and 4GB of RAM. This upgrade in chipset and RAM has led to considerable improvement in the performance, power efficiency and increase in core-speed. This facilitates a lot when it comes to multitasking and HD gaming experience.  


Samsung has reduced the megapixels in the camera for the newer version, which will give images more clarity and beauty. Note 5 had 16 MP back shooter while 5MP front camera, while the newer version has 12 MP rear-facing camera. Both are capable of shooting 4K videos but the Note 7 is capable of shooting HDR clips too. Moreover, the new flagship uses the S7’s impressive dual-pixel technology, and wider aperture, OIS and 4K support.

Also Read: Smuggled Galaxy Note 7 on sale in Pakistan, Samsung warns!

Device Security:

Since Galaxy S5, Samsung’s front runners have come up with a fingerprint scanner, which offered enhanced security. In this regards, both of these devices had fingerprint scanners in their home button, but Note 7 comes up with something big and different; Iris scanner.  This is an additional layer of biometric security on the front.

How it works: On the phone’s front, a dedicated, secondary camera (other than selfie camera) beams out an infrared light into your eyes, reads, and unlocks the device upon authentication.  

This is probably the best security measure introduced so far. It’s far more secure than a fingerprint scanner because fingerprints can be replicated and used to open someone’s phone with a trick. However, your Iris is very hard to copy, which gives the device enhanced security.

Water Resistance:

Another area where Note 7 beats all competing devices including Note 5 is its water resistance ability. The company has worked on water resistance and claims to have improved the protection. In addition to screen, the company has gone to seal both the phone and S Pen. Developers claim that Galaxy Note 7 can be immersed in up to five feet of water for 30 minutes.



Looking at the storage comparison, Note 7 is clear winner. Note 5 had 32GB internal storage but it was not upgradable. The newer device offers 64 GB internal storage while also supports microSD card, up to a sizable 256 GB. Therefore, if you are looking for more storage, then Note 7 is the right choice.


If we compare the batteries of Note 7 and Note 5, there is a visible improvement. Note 5 had 3000mAh battery while Note 7 has 3500mAh battery, which promises longer standby time. The common thing in both devices is that batteries are non-removable. Both phablets promise wireless charging support and a quick charging feature. Within 30 minutes, your Note 7 will be charged to 50 percent; quite enough to carry on the basic tasks.

In addition to these upgrades, Samsung has worked on the hardware, the curved edges, and S Pen. With a stunning design, powerful processor, upgraded RAM, larger battery, and added security features, Note 7 promises to be the best device in the town. If you are looking for an upgrade, it’s the good choice.

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